In March of 1993, I was asked by a client to do a photo shoot with the band Pantara. I arrived at the venue during soundcheck and was told by the road manager to set up my gear in the dressing room and that the band would be in as soon as they were done with their soundcheck. While I was setting up, another photographer (a friend of mine) came in and started setting up on the other side of the room. When the band walked in the road manager walked them over to me to shoot first. I told them where to stand, and asked them to give me something slightly different every time the flash went off. As I started shooting, the band remained completely motionless. I could have been shooting a picture of a poster- nobody even blinked. My usual tactic in that situation is to ask the band if there is anything they would like to do. They just shook their heads no. So I used my last resort comment: “OK guys, this isn’t working- let’s call it a day, I am going home.” Usually when I say that someone in the band says, “Oh tell us what to do.” These guys just walked away. So I packed up my stuff and prepared to leave. As I was getting ready to walk out, I saw the other photographer talking to the band and pointing to me. As I walked toward the door, “Dimebag Darrell” the guitar player walked up to me and said, “Dude, why didn’t you tell us that you were the guy who took the picture of Ozzy and Randy?” (A well known picture of Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads that I had taken in the early 1980’s that every metal guitar player since then, it seems, has told me that they had hanging in their room at some time in their life.). He concluded the statement by saying this- “If we would have known this, we would have cooperated with you!”
About a year later, I was hired to shoot an ad for Dimebag’s guitar company. Before the shoot, I told him the story, and he apologized and explained that because I was the same age as his parents, the band figured that I couldn’t possibly be relevant to what they were doing! We became fast friends and remained so until his death.
So…… I guess growing old negates you from the equation and makes a person irrelevant. Kind of a shame!